ACS National Awards

The ACS National Awards: Advancing Chemistry, Supporting Research, and Promoting Chemists


The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

Nominate a Noteworthy Chemist for a 2019 ACS National Award! The deadline is Nov. 1, 2017. Submit a nomination today!

Priestley Medal

image of Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, 2018 Priestly Medal recipient

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, the 2018 recipient of ACS's highest honor, the Priestley Medal. Read more in C&EN.

Nomination Information

The nomination period for the 2019 ACS National Awards opened on July 1, 2017. Submit a nomination.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 nomination process. Winners will be announced in the August 2017 issue of C&EN.

National Award Recipients & Banquet

Winners of the 2017 National Awards were honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in conjunction with the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.

Arthur C. Cope Scholars Award recipients will be honored in August 2017 at the fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C.

ACS National Awards Program Contact

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (800)227-5558, ext. 4575


Prized Science
This video series features the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS prizes. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS’ awards transforms our lives. View past Prized Science videos.

Becoming Award Ready Webinar
How do deserving and accomplished chemical scientists from diverse backgrounds become ACS award nominees and potentially winners? This short presentation shares the key aspects of preparing for and creating a successful nomination package for an ACS National Award.

National Awards Office Division Primer
This booklet provides technical divisions with quick access to answers to questions regarding the ACS National Awards Program’s selection and canvassing committee process and the awards banquet and ceremony, as well as how to nominate deserving individuals for national awards.